If you drive a car on a regular basis, keeping your vehicle technically maintained and staying safe on the road should be your priority number one. After all, it is not just about you, it is about the safety of others as well. This is why mere following recommended maintenance schedule for your car shouldn’t be enough.
Sure, modern cars have sophisticated equipment and computers that let you know whenever your vehicle needs something repaired, but this isn’t always the case when it comes to your tires.
We at Phoenix Towing know just how crucial the condition of your tires can be and how unsafe it is to drive a vehicle that packs tires that aren’t in good shape, so periodically checking your tires is a must. According to a National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey report, poor tire condition is among leading causes of car crashes in the US.
So, on that account, we decided to provide you with the following tire safety tips every conscientious driver should know.
Check If Your Tire Tread Is Deep Enough Every Once In A While
One of the most common things that drivers tend to forget is the depth of the tire tread, which is usually the main culprit when it comes to car accidents that happen on slippery roads. Make sure your tire tread is anywhere between 10/32” and 2/32″. If it is lower than 2/32″ – that means your tire is ready to be replaced.
In order to measure the tread grooves on your tires, make sure you have a proper tire gauge. If you don’t have it, you can get a decent one for around 10 bucks.
There’s also the famous “penny trick” for measuring tire tread. Simply place the penny head-first into a random tread groove on your tire (you can do it in several different places on the same tire, just to make sure) and if you cannot see the top of Lincoln’s head, that means you’re good. If you can see it, that likely means your tire needs to be replaced.
Check For Uneven Wear Patterns
If you notice uneven wear patterns on your tires, that means attention is required. Simple rule of thumb says:
- more wearing signs in the middle of your tire – overinflated
- more wearing signs on the sides – underinflated
Check Tire Pressure
Your car computer should be notifying you whenever your tires aren’t properly inflated, but we suggest you have it checked every once in a while, just to make sure you’re on optimal gas mileage (which can save you money in the long run) and to ensure your car is safe to drive. Setting your tire pressure to the prescribed levels is a must at all times.
NOTE: Make sure you don’t set the pressure according to what is engraved on the side of your tire as that is the maximum pressure your tire is able to withstand.
Rotate Your Tires Regularly
If you truly want to be on the safe side, we recommend having your tires rotated after every 7,000 miles as this way you can make sure all your tires wear evenly and at the same time.
Buy Quality Tires
Even if you are on the budget, we don’t recommend buying cheap tires as this is not where you want to be saving money. When it comes to tires, you indeed get what you pay for. So if possible, do spring for good quality tires for your vehicle. Not only will you invest into safety, good quality tires pay off in the long run since they last longer.
Bonus Tip: Keep Your Spare Tire Maintained
This aspect is often overlooked, so make sure you check the condition of your spare tire every now and then.
So there you go – some of the useful tire safety tips we think every driver must know. And don’t forget, in case you need road assistance anywhere in Phoenix, Tempe, or Mesa – do call Phoenix Towing Service. Help’s on the way!